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Thursday, July 26, 2012

GET ME OUT OF HERE!


Big Al back then


WELCOME TO THIRSTY THURSDAY!!


Grab a cup of coffee, or tea, sit back, no better yet GET ME OUT OF HERE.


Okay, don't laugh at the picture. Remember, I am a Security Specialist, and a Geocacher, and I know all of the best places to hide the bodies.


It was a cold and wintery shift as I patrolled along the outside of the Weapons Storage Area (WSA) at Griffiss Air Force Base near Rome, NY. The snow was around 3 feet deep in some areas and it was very cold out. 

My partner and I, both Security Specialists, were working the 3:00 to 11:00 PM shift and our job was to patrol this outer area in case anyone tried entering the base illegally. Since there was not much happening we decided to do a little off-roading. I was the driver and we were riding in an old CJ7 jeep. We drove back deep into the woods and we were enjoying the slow up and down movement of the jeep as we traversed a few of the hills. We even drove past an area that was used back in the early 60’s as an ammo dump for old munitions.  

Then it happened! The jeep lunged forward and made a loud clunk and then it sank down. I tried giving it gas, but it just sounded as if I was revving the engine. We got out and noticed that we were in a big rut. We were going nowhere. No matter how hard we tried we could not get anywhere. The rut had a real grasp on us. I called my supervisor and said “get me out of here”.


Now fast forward to July 20, 2012. I was sitting in my home realizing that we as a family were in a Geocaching Rut. We were getting nowhere. No matter how hard we tried, we could not get out and cache. So we decided that as a family we needed to get out of the rut and hit some caches. So our plan was to go to a picnic on Saturday that would be held at the Harford Fair Grounds. Hmm, there’s even a cache located there. I used a PAF (phone a friend) and said “get us out of here” and then invited him along on our adventure .

This picnic was put on by Cabot Oil and Gas and it’s FREE. They are a company who are in the area drilling in the Marcellus Shale. This was their 3rd annual Free Community Picnic. By the way, did I say that it was FREE? All we had to do was show up. Boy was it fun. We learned a lot about the gas and oil industry; we received lots of free stuff like hats, shirts, Geodes, key chains, Frisbees, whistles, can openers, and mug holders. There were a number of free drawings we all entered trying to win the illustrious TV. 

                  43 Inch TV
There were even games and play houses for the kids so they could have fun. 

                   Dragon Play House

We also got to see some of the equipment they use for drilling.



                          Big Drill Bit
          
                  Drill Bit in a box     

                  Diamond Drill Bit in a box

And then there was the food. Oh my! We had our choice of hot dogs, hamburgers, chicken, chips, cookies, drinks, and of course funnel cakes. 


Everything was delicious. I even saw some guys going back for seconds. (But really all we went back for were chips.) Then we walked around some more checking out all of the vendor booths, which they just had to give us more stuff.

As we walked by a booth I noticed that they had some sort of concoction in a slow cooker. It appeared they were putting it on a hot dog bun and giving it out. I asked what it was and the ladies there said, with a southern Louisiana accent, “it’s a crawfish sandwich”. 



Now I must say it’s been a long time since I have had crawdads or crayfish as some people call them. I told the ladies I would like to try one. I usually don’t eat much sea food except for fish, but I was willing to try it once again. Besides, it is a crayfish.  Then they told me the words that sealed the deal; “it’s also spicy”. Now I REALLY wanted to try it. They piled this stuff on my hot dog bun and handed it to me. I thanked them and walked over to my wife and daughter who were sitting on the bleachers. For some reason they told me they were not interested in trying it. The ladies also asked my friend if he wanted some and he told them “yes, but give me less than you gave the other guy”. Let me tell you that this sandwich was a winner with me. It was spicy, but not too hot. And the crayfish were mighty tasty. As we left I stopped back down and asked who the chef was. They pointed to a man standing back a few feet so I walked over and told him how good it was. He hoped it was not too hot for us and I almost laughed.  I then told him my friend and I are known as Chili-heads, and nothing is too hot for us. He said he had toned it down for the public, but he usually adds lots more heat to it. We thanked him again and headed off.

We checked out the natural gas cars and they were really cool. Here are some pictures of them.




This car uses two types of fuel and goes about 800 miles before they have to fill up again. There is one tank in the trunk and then the regular tank. Also, the natural gas is a lot cheaper to buy; it’s around $1.50 or so if I heard the guy correctly.  I think these are the up and coming cars we’ll be driving soon.

Well we had seen it all, and eaten our fill of food, so we decided it was time for us to finish getting out of our rut. We headed back toward our car and then over to a cache in the parking area. This cache is GC14EYN and it is on the property of the Harford Fair Grounds parking area. It did not take us to long to find it, and it was not a skirt cache, nor a cache and dash. It was a real cache.



We checked out the swag and then signed the log. We even let our friend sign the log since we are teaching him how to cache. He keeps telling me he has not been bitten by the caching bug yet, but I think he’ll make a fine cacher once he converts. Then my friend Steve found out what happens to people who don't put the cache back where it belongs.

          They get swallowed by the trees and then petrified

From there we drove to a local cemetery and found Harford Cemetery. This was a nice little cemetery and it is where Gelusha Grow is buried.



Then it was off to An Easy Find (#1) to find another cache. We were almost out of the rut by now.

We drove to a beautiful Viaduct, but had to log that one as a DNF. Yes I said we logged it as a DNF.



Onward ho as we traveled to yet another cache. This was Squier's Cemetery. It’s another nice cemetery cache. Even though some of these caches were small ones they were fun because we’d never been there before and we were getting out of a rut as a family.

                Notice the faces in the tree? There are two of them.


                   This is a Bear Tree

Then it was off for one last cache before heading home. We found Hip Hop Bottom in Hop Bottom, Pa and signed the log. This was a nice park where we decided to do a little playing around. We were having way too much fun there as you can tell by the pictures.





All in all it was a good day and we GOT OUT OF OUR RUT. Sometimes you just need to phone and friend and get out there and cache to get out of your rut. So, what’s holding you back? GET OUT OF THE RUT!!!

Here are just a few more pictures.







2 comments:

Kim@Snug Harbor said...

Al, I really enjoyed this post. Looks like it was a really fun filled day and I would totally try that sandwich too!

BLOODHOUNDED said...

AWESOME post BigAl! Love the family fun and adventure and that crawdad sandwich looks mighty good too!

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